Mystery Edwardian photos reveal Letchworth’s early days

A COLLECTION of photographs taken by a mystery photographer in the early 1900s are to be showcased for the first time when an exhibition opens on Saturday.

Named ‘The Brunt Album’, the collection of early Letchworth GC images has never been displayed or published before and were carefully restored following a grant from the Association of Independent Museums.

Now the photographs, which date between 1904 and 1909, will feature in the town’s First Garden City Heritage Museum for a two-month exhibition entitled The Edwardian Photographer.

Speaking about the photographs, the museum’s curator Josh Tidy said: “The story they tell is of the great Garden City taking shape, its brave residents starting their new lives and setting up in business and making Ebenezer Howard’s ideas a glorious - if muddy - reality!

“We don’t know who the photographer was, or who compiled the album, but it contains a unique document of life in the very early days of Letchworth.

“The exhibition will display fascinating photos of the town’s first roads and houses, industries who came to the town ‘setting up shop’, early public buildings like Howard Hall and The Cloisters, as well as some important early events in the Garden City.”

The exhibition runs at the Norton Way South museum until September 26.

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